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Those Lake Tahoe license plates are pretty darn cool.

Nevadans think so, anyway.

More than 10,000 Nevada motorists have purchased the distinctive Lake Tahoe license plates since they became available a little more than a year ago.



The program has raised more than $255,000 for environmental preservation at Lake Tahoe, and state officials now are asking motorists who purchased the plates – and other members of the public – for some more help.

However, helping out this way won’t cost residents a penny.




“We would like to get public input,” said Jim Lawrence, Tahoe coordinator for the Nevada Division of State Lands. “We would like to find out what people would like to see the money go toward.”

State Lands is encouraging Nevadans to mail in recommendations about the funds or to attend one of two public meetings that will be held this month. Lawrence said the agency is not looking for specific project ideas but rather types of projects the public would like to see implemented. Categories include stream restoration, erosion control, stormwater treatment, public access, trails, recreation, public education, bike trails, public transit, forest health and wildlife enhancement.

The specialized Nevada plate became available in February 1998. Since then, 9,276 regular plates and 1,231 specialized plates have been registered.

“The Lake Tahoe license plate is by far the most popular special plate in Nevada,” said Kim Evans, spokeswoman for the Department of Motor Vehicles. “It’s the combination of a good cause and the beautiful graphic that drives the excellent sales.”

A special Lake Tahoe license plate has been available in California since 1996. More than 13,000 California plates have been registered and renewed, generating nearly $1 million for environmental restoration and recreational access projects on the California side of the basin.

In Nevada, initial registration is $61, and $30 for renewal. About $25 of each purchase and $20 from the renewal fees goes toward Lake Tahoe projects.

The initial cost of the California plate is $50, about $35 of which goes to the California Tahoe Conservancy. Renewal costs $40, and about $35 of that goes to the Conservancy.

Public comments can be sent to:

Jim Lawrence

Nevada Division of State Lands

333 W. Nye Lane, Room 118

Carson City, Nev. 89706

E-mail: lawrence@govmail.state.nv.us

Two public meetings will be held this month

What: North Shore meeting

When: April 22, 6 p.m.

Where: Incline Village General Improvement District office, 893 Southwood Blvd., Incline Village

What: South Shore meeting

When: April 29, 6 p.m.

Where: Lake Tahoe branch of the Douglas County Library, 233 Warrior Way, Zephyr Cove


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